Nairobi — Questions about the integrity of Kenya’s electoral authority, along with perceptions of impunity, are among factors that have raised the risk of violence erupting after elections in the country next month, the Washington-based Africa Centre said. The vote will be one of the most competitive in the country’s history, with unrest already having been reported during political-party primaries in April, the US department of defence agency said in a report on its website. "Combined, these factors heighten the risk that aspirants could use violence as an electoral strategy." President Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking a second term in the August 8 race against former prime minister Raila Odinga, who has warned of possible violence if the election is seen as rigged. Kenyan elections heighten investor concerns because of unrest that engulfed the nation in three of the past five votes. A dispute over the outcome of a December 2007 ballot triggered two months of ethnic violence that left at ...

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